Warren was a man with Parkinson’s. During his music therapy sessions, he usually preferred to sing hymns and patriotic tunes, especially “How Great Thou Art” and “God Bless America.” Warren’s faith and patriotism were very important to him. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the Army. To thank Warren for serving our country, Adaire invited his family and friends to a veterans honoring ceremony, where they sang some of Warren’s favorite patriotic tunes, such as the “Caisson Song” and “God Bless America,” along with reading a poem and presenting Warren with a flag pin and certificate.
I think that thanking our country’s veterans for their service is one of the most important things we can do as Americans. In my own family, both of my grandfathers served in WWII, I have relatives who served in Korea, and friends who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Doing a veterans honoring ceremony for a client is one of my favorite parts about being a music therapist.